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Best iPhone and iPad apps of the week: The Banner Saga and more!

October has kicked off with some great new iOS apps and iOS games. We've got a few solid action games and a particularly beautiful RPG with a full-bodied viking storyline. On the app side, we've got a few that play around with notifications, and a custom keyboard that you'll want to try out.

Good to go? Pop out your iPhone or iPad and check out our top ten apps launched in the last seven days.

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Apple rumored to be considering investment in Twitter

Apple is rumored to be considering a rather large investment in the popular social network, Twitter. The investment would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and could push Twitter from an $8.5 billion valuation to $10. Evelyn M. Rusli and Nick Bilton, writing for the The New York Times, report:

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Ping might get killed off in the next version of iTunes

Ping, Apple's ill-fated music social network, may be seeing its end of life in September with the next major release of iTunes.

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Follow Friday: iMore Nation edition

Back in the day it was all about the ICQ or AIM or BlackBerry PIN swap, but it's a bold new era of mobile and there are more ways then ever to keep connected and stay in touch. If you're new to iMore or if you've been here from the beginning, now's the time to clean out your community contacts and follow, friend, and plus up each other anew.

To find other great members of the iMore Nation to chat with, game with, and otherwise get social with, just visit one of these handy forum threads. Leave your contact info and grab everyone else's. Couldn't be easier!

To help get things going, here's mine, make sure you say hello!: iMore Forums, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Game Center: Rene Ritchie, Ping

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Ex-Facebook dev talks about iPad app delays

Jeff Verkoeyen, an ex-Facebook developer who was the lead engineer on the Facebook for iPad project, wrote on his personal blog about the internal battle that took place between him and Facebook, and goes a long way to explaining why we still haven't seen the app.

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Apple patents "Places" as a social networking trademark

While Apple and social networking didn't get off to a good start with Ping!, it appears Apple may be willing to try again with a new patent pointing to a social networking feature they are titling "Places". (Does this sound familiar to anyone else?)

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iOS 4.3 features: Ping getting pushy with notifications

The just-released iOS 4.3 beta 2 seems to bring a new set of push notifications to the table -- for Apple's Ping social musical network. So if you've been dying to know what Phil Schiller -- or Chad -- has bought, liked, or commented on in iTunes as instantaneously as possible you'll get your wish just as soon as iOS 4.3 ships.

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How to use MobileMe, Windows Live, Yahoo, and AOL to get more social with Ping

If you use MobileMe, Windows Live, Yahoo!, or AOL for email, then you can have Ping search your contacts for friends who are also using Ping as well as send annoying invites to those friends who are not using ping. Here's how:

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Latest Apple patent hints towards a social network for the retail world

The latest patent filed by Apple shows a possible Ping-like social networking tool for the retail world. It would allow for iPhone owners to share comments, opinions and recommendations for different products from different stores for their friends to view. Like any patent there's no telling when, if ever, this particular one will find its way into a real, shipping product, but it does hive us a glimpse at what Apple is working on.

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Ping Introduces Social Playlists

Ping has rolled out new Social Playlists that you can make to share with your friends and followers. Social Playlists allows you to compile a seemingly limitless list of songs available in the iTunes Store, for your followers to buy.

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